September 18, 2013

Notes from No Man's Land

American Identities: Episode #4

In her collection Notes from No Man's Land: American Essays, author Eula Biss asserts that "nothing is innocent." As related in the essay "Time and Distance Overcome," even telephone poles are marked by the country's history of slavery and colonization. Biss pairs the personal and the political in her writing, and in Notes from No Man's Land, she offers candid reflections on the role of race in her own life and in American history. Biss teaches writing at Northwestern University.

In the podcast, Biss describes "The Hood," an essay by CJ Harrington. Harrington, a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis, wrote the essay for a contest sponsored by the university's First Year Reading Program.

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